Monday, November 2, 2009

Flamingo Flocks, Faces & Feet

Today's Post is the First of Four posts in which we will
Follow the Fascinating Flamingo and Find Flamingo Facts For Fun.

Flamingos have a behavior that is as hard to explain as it is fun to watch: they dance. Posturing and signaling with their wings, bowing and bending their necks, running back and forth as a group, and then suddenly taking flight to wheel around the edges of the lake -- a crowd of dancing flamingos is one of the strangest, most breathtaking sights in the natural world.
Is it a mating ritual? Are the birds burning up excess energy? Or do they do it simply for fun? No one is really sure. I can vouch for the noise part of the flock of flamingo's. They are LOUD very Loud.

these flocks live in Jungle Gardens in Sarasota FL.

Flamingos live in groups called colonies. They won’t nest unless there are other flamingos around.
The Flamingo, a large wading bird, lives in big, shallow lakes, lagoons, mangrove swamps, tidal flats, and on sandy islands above the low tide mark

Adult flamingos range from 3.3 to 4.6 feet tall and weigh 3.3 to 9 pounds depending on their species. Wingspans range from 3.3 to 5 feet. There are 6 species of flamingo.

Flamingos live an average of 20 to 30 years.

Males and females look alike.

The webbing between their toes helps them stand in soft mud and when swimming when the water is deeper than wading depth.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous Sandra... I don't do meme's --but if you do, you ought to feature this post on a Pink Saturday meme.

The Flamingos are just so beautiful.. You got some great pictures.

Sunny said...

I found your flock of Flamigos fantastically facinating.
I have never seen a Flamingo in person.
Sunny :)

Madeline (Mrs. Snapper II) said...

They are beautiful in real life. This is a great blog. Great pictures!

Snapper has been wanting to put fakes ones in our front yard for years. I think he is just needling me. He can put the real deal in the front yard, but no fakes! :-)

Ginny said...

Fabulous flamingo fotos! They look both elegant and goofy at the same time. I had no idea how long they live!! Also about the six species. I thought there was only one kind of flamingo. This intrests me. Do they all look the same, or are the other species different looking? Do you have them in your neighborhood?

photowannabe said...

Strange, fascinating creatures. Love their color and the head shots. Good work.